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Valerian

(Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant long used for sleep disorders, including insomnia. Valerian is sometimes combined with other herbs, including lemon balm and hops which can also help facilitate sleepiness.



Used for:

Insomnia (it's a safe sleeping aid); anxiety, nervous disorders, migraine, stomach upset and more.



Available in:

Tincture, extract, tablets



Heb / drug interactions:

Valerian root may interact with alcohol, some antihistamines, muscle relaxants, psychotropic drugs and narcotics. When taking any of these drugs, you should use valerian only under the supervision of a health-care provider. May increase sedative effects of anesthesia and should be discontinued at least a week prior to having surgery.



Other safety concerns:

Valerian root is relatively safe and no significant side effects are known, but try not to use it on a regular basis, or you may become psychologically dependent upon it. People with impaired kidney or liver functions should not take valerian except under a physician's supervision. It should not be used with kava. Use on a short-term basis only.



When buying:

Look for valerian products standardized to 1% valerenic acid.



Dosage:

Adult valerian root dosage: Use 1 teaspoon of the tincture in a quarter cup of water, or 1 or 2 tablets, at bedtime.



Child dosage:

One dropperful at bedtime in a quarter cup of water







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Herbs



Valerian

(Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant long used for sleep disorders, including insomnia. Valerian is sometimes combined with other herbs, including lemon balm and hops which can also help facilitate sleepiness.



Used for:

Insomnia (it's a safe sleeping aid); anxiety, nervous disorders, migraine, stomach upset and more.



Available in:

Tincture, extract, tablets



Heb / drug interactions:

Valerian root may interact with alcohol, some antihistamines, muscle relaxants, psychotropic drugs and narcotics. When taking any of these drugs, you should use valerian only under the supervision of a health-care provider. May increase sedative effects of anesthesia and should be discontinued at least a week prior to having surgery.



Other safety concerns:

Valerian root is relatively safe and no significant side effects are known, but try not to use it on a regular basis, or you may become psychologically dependent upon it. People with impaired kidney or liver functions should not take valerian except under a physician's supervision. It should not be used with kava. Use on a short-term basis only.



When buying:

Look for valerian products standardized to 1% valerenic acid.



Dosage:

Adult valerian root dosage: Use 1 teaspoon of the tincture in a quarter cup of water, or 1 or 2 tablets, at bedtime.



Child dosage:

One dropperful at bedtime in a quarter cup of water







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Are You Getting The Herbs and Supplements You Need?
Everyone's dietary needs are different based on a number of factors including lifestyle, diet, medications and more. To find out which herbs and supplements are right for right for you, take the Weil Vitamin Advisor.